Playlist: 20 Songs For January 2015

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My first monthly playlist of 2015 includes new music from Sleater-Kinney, Viet Cong and The Decemberists along with some deep tracks from St. Vincent, Can, Nick Lowe, and more.

Here are my 20 songs for January 2015:

1. Cat Power – “The Greatest”

2. Parquet Courts – “Stoned and Starving”

3. The Breeders – “Drivin’ On 9”

4. Bully – “Milkman”

5. Madonna – “Hung Up”

6. Thea & The Wild – “Strangers and Lovers”

7. St. Vincent – “Champagne Year”

8. Nirvana – “Oh Me”

9. Arctic Monkeys – “Dance Little Liar”

10. American Football – “Never Meant”

11. Sleater-Kinney – “No Cities To Love”

12. Viet Cong – “March of Progress”

13. The Decemberists – “Philomena”

14. Jose Gonzalez – “Leaf Off / The Cave”

15. Sharon Van Etten – “I Don’t Want to Let You Down”

16. Can – “Vitamin C”

17. Belle & Sebastian – “Nobody’s Empire”

18. Daniel Johnston – “Life In Vain”

19. Nick Lowe – “The Beast In Me”

20. Cloakroom – “Outta Spite”

 

Week In Review (1/23/15)

Get excited for the new Toro Y Moi album.

What For? comes out April 7th via Carpark Records.

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Daniela Andrade does Childish Gambino right with this acoustic cover of “Telegraph Ave / Sober”

https://soundcloud.com/danielasings/childish-gambino-telegraph-ave-sober-cover

A great acoustic cover of a rap song is a beautiful thing.

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Another great Title Fight song to get you excited for their upcoming new album…

Listen here via Stereogum.

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…And another great Quarterbacks song to get you excited for the American Football-inspired emo revival (which isn’t a bad thing).

Listen here via NPR.

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Gengahr – “She’s A Witch”

How do you pronounce it? Eh who cares, I dig this song.

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Sharon Van Etten already rules 2015

As if 2014 wasn’t a big enough year for her. Hopefully “I Don’t Want to Let You Down” is an indication of a new album in 2015.

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The first album of 2015 that I love is a 4-way-tie between Viet Cong’s debut, Sleater-Kinney’s reunion, Belle & Sebastian’s dance-party, and Cloakroom’s shoegaze

Do yourself a favor and listen to all these albums (they’re all up on Spotify). The Sidekicks also get a shout out for their great new album that you should also check out on Spotify.

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Little Daylight – “Be Long (Twice As Nice Remix)”

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Imagine a less annoying, but still strange, Death Grips song that you really liked and you get Liturgy’s “Quetzalcoatl”

The Ark Work comes out March 24th via Thrill Jockey Records.

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Alex Winston – “We Got Nothing”

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I have no idea how to describe this new Ava Luna song but it’s so great and unique that you should really listen to it like right now

New album coming out this year!

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With a song this catchy, Allie X is allowed to make its music video as trippy as possible

But seriously, where do you get those glasses?

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If this song sounds like 1960’s garage psychedelics, it’s because this band is one of the founders of 1960’s garage psychedelics

The band that brought you “Strychnine” still kicks ass after all these years.

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The Rotaries – “Town Light”

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Roy English – “Julianne”

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Week In Review (12/12/14)

 

You Need To Hear This Cat Singing About Flies

https://soundcloud.com/petercatrecordingco/flies

And by this cat I mean this awesome band from Delhi, India. And by flies I mean flies.

I Have No Idea What’s Going On In This Majid Jordan Video But Hello Sexy Lady Robots Wait Are They Actually Robots What The Hell Is Going On Oh Hey This Song Is Kinda Catchy

But it’s cool, these guys hang out with Drake.

 You Need To Hear This Tycho Remix Of Spoon’s “Inside Out”

So good.

And You Also Need To Hear This N’to Remix Of Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Scar Tissue”

Also so good.

Shlohmo – “Emerge From Smoke”

Lady Lamb the Beekeeper – “Billions Of Eyes”

She’s doing well considering that she also wrote one of my favorite songs of 2013. Can’t wait for the new album.

Ten Walls – “Walking With Elephants”

I’m all ’bout that brass, ’bout that brass.

Literature Is The Latest Great Indie Pop Band That Sounds Like They’re Not Trying At All

Here’s A Great Grungy Shoegazing Band From My Home State Of Indiana

https://soundcloud.com/vice/cloakroom-starchild-skull

Go Hoosiers!

Wait, Death Grips Are Still Making Music?

Well kinda. This is a new song off their final album that they’ve already made but haven’t released yet. Got it?

Daunt – “This Body Rushes”

A strange song that’s upbeat yet moody at the same time.

Watch Jack Black Fight A Bear

And OFF! might be playing Coachella this year!

And Modest Mouse Is Back!

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2015 just got a lot more exciting.